A Guide To Sleep Apnea

A Guide To Sleep Apnea

Jul 03, 2018

Do you wake up choking or gasping for breath at night? Feel like you are never actually rested? You may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a common medical condition which can cause obstruction of your airway and even oxygen deprivation.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Wondering if you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? There are quite a few symptoms that patients often report which include:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Loud Breathing
  • Choking, Gasping, Snorting While Sleeping
  • Morning Dry Mouth
  • Morning Sore Throat
  • Headache
  • Mood Swings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Poor Concentration
  • Memory Loss
  • Daytime Fatigue

Causes of Sleep Apnea

When it comes to sleep apnea, the most common cause is obstruction of the airway, reducing the amount of air and oxygen reaching the lungs, brain and entire body. The condition itself is caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Being overweight/obese can create excess fat tissue in the windpipe, resulting in thickened walls.
  • Having a smaller airway in the mouth/throat.
  • Age can have an impact on the brain’s ability to control the throat muscles, resulting in obstruction.
  • Having throat muscles which relax more than most patients.
  • Having large tonsils/tongue in comparison to the windpipe opening.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cincinnati

At Ornella Orthodontics we are proud to offer oral appliance therapy for our patients with sleep apnea. Our sleep apnea oral appliances are non-invasive, non-surgical way to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. Schedule your appointment with our sleep apnea dentist in Cincinnati today!